FLUKE PROCESS INSTRUMENTS reports it has a range of temperature profilers for the unique challenges of heat treatment in the ceramic industry and says its DATAPAQ Kiln Tracker product family comprises thermal profiling systems for tunnel kilns
, roller hearth kilns, and hydro kilns.
The standards address maximum achievable control technology (MACT) emission limits for non-mercury HAP metals and mercury; health-based emission limits for acid gases for brick tunnel kilns
; work practice standards for periodic kilns, dioxins/ furans from tunnel kilns
and periods of startup and shutdown for tunnel kilns
; and, updated monitoring and compliance provisions.
Here is where Bergmans' tunnel kilns
came into play.
During the days and nights lasting firing of the long tunnel kilns
, he also experienced the humility of the potter in the face of a kiln which, once stoked, fires stoneware vessels to 1300[degrees]C in a process beyond the reach of the human will.
These kilns offer several advantages over conventional tunnel kilns
: lower fuel consumption, computer controlled firing curves, low maintenance due to lack of kiln cars, rapid firing cycles of less than one hour and the possibility of shutting down the kiln on short notice.
Upgrades can run into the tens of thousands of dollars, if not much more, while cleaner, industrial-scale Hoffman or tunnel kilns can cost millions.
Indeed, the Chinese and Vietnamese governments, both deeply involved in their respective building sectors, strongly promoted the use of tunnel kilns for brick firing.
It now plans to spend pounds 1.2 million this winter modernising and slightly extending the older of two tunnel kilns
at its Kingsbury factory, near Tamworth.
Jobs predominantly paid on this basis included unloaders of tunnel kilns
, brick sorters, die pressers, and kiln setters and drawers.
are typically fired by natural gas or sawdust; periodic kilns, coal.
These tunnel kilns
, or anagama, were relatively inefficient, consuming vast amounts of wood and requiring days of firing to completely fuse the clay body.